In early March, 40 pupils across Year 10 and 11 went to The Emmanuel Centre in central London for a day of engaging talks on various topics in maths.
We heard Alison Kiddle speak about the Maths of Luck where we learned that it is mathematically more likely to get hit by lightening than to win the jackpot in the lottery. This was followed by a great session from Nicole Cuzons about Staring into Space. We learned about the vastness of the universe and how to imagine the enormity of it. After a short break, Matthew Scroogs taught us how to approximate complex graphs by using some simple algebra.
After lunch, we spent some time with Sophie Maclean who tried to help explain prime numbers using some high level maths to better explain how these numbers are used to encode information. Our day wrapped up with Harry Baker who is a mathematician and poet. He had a unique way of integrating different mathematical concepts into his poetry and amazed us all with his Alphabet Alliteration.
Overall, the day included a fantastic variety of speakers engaging with maths in different ways.